Welcome to our article on how to clean white shoelaces.

Many people forget to clean their shoelaces while cleaning their shoes, which is a big mistake. Often the dirtiest part of your shoe is your shoe laces, and by simply cleaning the laces, you can revive a dirty pair of sneakers.

Once you have finished the steps below, before you have re-laced your shoes with a straight lace or ladder lace , look at the aglets to see if the aglets need replacing or any extra cleaning.

Table of Contents

  • Fastest way to clean white shoelaces: Gloved hands and bleach
  • Best way to clean white shoelaces: Washing machine and bleach
How To Clean White Shoelaces

How To Clean White Shoelaces

Total Time: 2 hr

Cost: $0.25

  • Buy bleach for $16.99
  • Buy mesh laundry bag for $5.99

Supplies & Tools

  • Washing machine
  • Mesh laundry bag
  • Bleach
this is a photo of a washing machine which you will need to clean your shoelaces
Washing machine
this is a photo of a mesh laundry bag
Mesh laundry bag
this is a bleach which you will need to wash your shoelaces
Bleach

Keeping white shoelaces white can definitely be a challenge.  You’ll have the best success with baking soda or bleach and here’s how to clean white shoelaces effectively with them.

To make sure your whole shoe ensemble is the best looking it can be, we have put together these ultimate shoe & shoelace guides for you.

1. Put shoelaces into mesh laundry bag

Place your shoelaces in mesh laundry bag, or knotted pillowcase to prevent laces from getting tangled with other items
.

this is a photo of shoelaces inside a mesh laundry bag

2. Place shoelace bag into the washer

Place mesh laundry bag or pillow case with shoelaces in washing machine.


this is a photo of white shoelaces inside of a mesh laundry bag into the washing machine

3. Add bleach to the wash

When it’s time to add detergent, add ½ cup of bleach (some laundry machines have a slot meant for bleaching agents.)


this is a photo of bleach being added to the washing machine

4. Start the wash on your shoelaces

Run a regular wash cycle.

this is a photo of tall paul pushing the start button the washing machine to wash shoelaces

5. Remove shoelaces and hang to dry

When cycle is complete remove shoelaces from laundry bag or pillowcase and hang to dry. Even better, hang outside to line dry.

this is a photo of white shoelaces hanging to dry

How To Clean White Shoelaces With Baking Soda

Total Time: 1hr 30min

Cost: $.35

Supplies & Tools

  • Water basin
  • Baking soda
  • Dish wash soap
  • Soft toothbrush
this is a photo of a water basin to clean white shoe laces with baking soda
Water basin
this is a photo of dish wash soap to clean white shoe laces with baking soda
Dish wash soap
this is a photo of baking soda to clean white shoe laces with baking soda
Baking soda
this is a photo of a soft toothbrush to clean white shoe laces with baking soda
Soft toothbrush

1. Grab a bucket and baking soda

In a water basin add 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda
. For a water basin you can use an empty ice cream bucket like I am, or a large bowl or kitchen sink. All you need is something to hold 4 cups of water

this is a bucket of baking soda and water to clean dirty shoelaces

2. Put laces into baking soda solution

Places your white laces in the baking soda solution for a minimum of 15 minutes
. Depending on how dirty your white shoelaces are will depict the length of time needed.

This is a photo of laces inside baking soda and water mixture to clean them

3. Remove laces from solution

Remove shoelaces after 15 minutes from the baking soda solution and rinse under warm tap water water
.

this is a photo of shoe laces removed from baking soda and water solution and being washed off in tap water

4. Rub dish washing soap on laces

Rub dish washing soap on the  shoelaces and rub together gently with your hands.
 Make sure all of the shoe lace fabric gets soapy and a good scrubbing with your fingers.

this is a photo of dish washing soap being rubbed on shoelaces

5. Remove old stains with a soft toothbrush

Use a soft toothbrush to remove old stains and dirt while the shoelaces are soapy from the dish washing liquid. Put the shoelace on your finger, taught, and scrub the area vigorously.

this is a photo of old stains being removed with a soft toothbrush

6. Rinse shoelaces again in warm water

Rinse shoelaces under warm tape water again
. Give them a good rinsing, making sure all of the dish soap is out of the shoelaces fabric.

this is a photo of shoelaces being rinsed again after being soapy

7. Sprinkle baking soda onto shoelaces

For extra whitening, sprinkle baking soda on shoelaces and let sit for 10 minutes
.

this is a photo of baking soda being sprinkled onto shoe laces to clean them

8. Rinse shoelaces one final time

Rinse the shoelaces one final time
. This rinsing is the final step before drying, so take a few extra minutes to make sure the shoelace is clear of all the baking soda and dish soap.

this is a photo of shoelaces being rinsed one final time under tap water

9. Hang the shoelaces to air dry once cleaned by baking soda

Hang shoelaces to dry over anything that allows the shoelace to get minimal air currents. You can hang the shoelaces over a back of chair, like I am, or a drying rack, door handle, coat rack. Anything really!

this is a photo of shoelaces hanging on the back of a chair after being cleaned by baking soda

How To Clean White Shoelaces With Bleach

Total Time: 1hr 20min

Cost: $.35

Supplies & Tools

  • Rubber gloves or two plastic bags
  • Two water basins
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
this is a photo of two plastic bags that are ziplock to clean white shoelaces with bleach
Ziploc bags
this is a photo of bleach to clean white shoelaces with bleach
Bleach
this is a photo of two water basins to clean white shoelaces with bleach
Water basins
this is a photo of laundry detergent to clean white shoelaces with bleach
Laundry detergent

When cleaning shoes laces with bleach, keep in mind bleach will dull or remove colour, cleaning shoelaces with bleach is ideally recommended for white shoelaces.

1. Wear rubber gloves before handling bleach

Always wear rubber gloves, as bleach and other detergent can cause harm to skin
. If you do not have rubber gloves, you can replace the rubber gloves with Ziploc bags like I have. Or any plastic bag will work as long as there are no holes in them.

this is a photo of tall paul wearing rubber gloves to wash shoelaces in bleach

2. Prepare two buckets to clean the shoelaces

Prepare two buckets, one for a bleach solution and one for a detergent solution
. A bucket can be any basin that will hold 4 cups of water. I am choosing to use empty ice cream tubs.

this is a photo of two buckets to clean shoelaces

3. Add bleach to the first bucket

In the first bucket add 4 cups of warm water and 2 ¼ teaspoons of bleach.
 Stir the bleach around with a utensil, and put it right away into the dishwasher once done.

this is a photo of bleach added to the first bucket of water

4. Add laundry detergent to the second bucket

In the second bucket add 4 cups of warm water and ½ teaspoon of laundry detergent
. Use a second utensil to stir this mixture and also place directly into the dish washer once used.

this is a photo of tall paul stirring laundry detergent into water

5. Submerge the shoelaces in the bleach bucket

With covered hands, fully submerge shoelaces in the bleach solution and let sit for 5 minutes
. Push the shoelaces down with your hands until they settle below the water line.

this is a photo of shoelaces being submerged into bleach water by tall paul

6. Remove shoelaces then place into the second bucket

With covered hands, remove shoelaces from the bleach solution and rinse shoelace in the laundry detergent solution
. Swish the shoelaces around with your protected hands still, for at least a minute.

this is a photo of tall paul removing the shoelaces from bleach and putting into second bucket of detergent

7. Rinse the shoelaces with running tap water after

With covered hands, rinse shoelaces with clean water
. After 30 seconds you can take the plastic protection off your hands and finish the rinsing with your bare hands, if it makes it easier to handle the shoelaces.

this is a photo of tall paul rinsing shoelaces under running tap water after bleaching

8. Hang shoelaces to air dry after bleaching

Hang shoelaces to dry on any object that will support them and has enough air flow around it to allow the shoelaces to air dry.

this is a photo of shoelaces hanging to dry after being bleached

FAQ

To whiten your shoelaces, you must use soap, baking soda, vinegar or bleach.

You clean your shoes by hand by putting on a pair of rubber gloves, then washing the shoelaces in a tub of water mixed with soap, baking soda, vinegar or bleach.

Get your shoelaces white again with baking soda, laundry detergent or vinegar if you do not want to use soap.